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Each season, the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center receives significant press coverage about our programs and events that assists the Center in achieving two important goals. One of these is to broaden awareness about the

performances and activities of the UMD School of Music (SOM), UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) and our visiting artists, which serve to attract exceptional students and faculty. The other key goal is to embody the University of

Maryland’s mission of being an international center that uses innovation, technology and around-the-world partnership to achieve its vision.

Because the Center is committed to transforming lives through sustained engagement with the arts, we have expanded our reach into new audiences and ideas by broadening the types of media outlets with which we work, creating an ongoing presence that tells our extraordinary story to a wider public. Increasingly, new bloggers, online media and

diversity publications are responding to our outreach, bringing the Center’s message to new readers, potential patrons and students.

The following pages demonstrate the Center’s success in obtaining a wide range of

favorable notice, including more coverage than ever for our partners in SOM and TDPS.

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Hello, I am happy to share with you selected highlights of our media coverage about the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD School of Music (SOM) and the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) from Spring Semester, 2013. Strong

media coverage helps spread the word about the role the Center and the performing arts

schools play in expanding global partnerships, exploring new ideas through commissioning and performing arts research, using technology to develop projects, and engaging with

members of the campus and community. The creative work we do in the Center also plays an important role in moving the University of Maryland toward its strategic goals.

Spring Semester 2013 opened with the 30TH ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE, followed closely by a collaboration between LAURIE ANDERSON and KRONOS QUARTET in a world premiere performance commissioned in part by the Clarice Smith Center.

The School of Music’s remarkable Les ILLumInatIons with its multimedia spectacle was a highpoint of the semester. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies showcased its acting talents as well as its lighting, costume and scenic design skills in presentations of DeaD man’s CeLL Phone and FestIvaL oF new works.

This spring we also announced our role in THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR project, a multi-city,

multi-year collaboration among four universities and five performing arts organizations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The groundbreaking project includes the commissioning of original works and the creation of new arts-integrated academic programs that examine the Civil War.

All of these performances and events attract important arts reporters like

the washIngton Post’s Anne Midgette and the BaLtImore sun’s Tim Smith,

respected voices in the performing arts community, and result in coverage of the people, performances and programs at SOM, TDPS and the Center. This coverage increases

awareness, supports recruitment of students and helps transforms lives through sustained engagement with the arts.

I hope you will browse through this summary and enjoy the stories. We hope to welcome you to one of our performances at the Center soon, and we thank you again for your continued support of the performing arts here at University of Maryland. Sincerely, Susie Farr CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER . SPRING 2013 . claricesmithcenter.umd.edu 3

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the washIngton Post’s Sarah Halzack writes about the CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE as a rite of passage in the DC area dance community.

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Sarah Halzack reviews the 30TH ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE.

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Sarah Kaufman talks about the experimental nature of a rIte in her washIngton Post review.

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Matthew Sigman of amerICan theater magazIne writes about seeing a rIte performed at the Center.

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Doug Rule features Bill T. Jones in a cover story for metro weekLy.

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the washIngton InFormer interviews KWAME OPARE about his MFA thesis concert and work with inner-city youth.

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NORA CHIPAUMIRE discusses the use of light and darkness in mIrIam.

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the Post eXPress previews a world premiere by LAURIE ANDERSON and KRONOS QUARTET commissioned by the Clarice Smith Center.

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washIngton Post critic Stephen Brookes calls LanDFaLL: sCenes From my new noveL “stunning.”

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POSTCLASSICAL ENSEMBLE explores the musical language of Dvoล™รกk In amerICa.

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POSTCLASSICAL ENSEMBLE’s Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez speak with WETA’s Marilyn Cooley.

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Grammy winners eighth blackbird are joined onstage by UMD School of Music students to perform Steve Reich’s Pulitzer-winning Double Sextet.

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the washIngton Post applauds UMD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s innovative Les ILLumInatIons.

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UMD SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENTS engage with prominent visiting artists.

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BRAD MEHLDAU and CHRIS THILE bring their musical virtuosity to the Clarice Smith Center.

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e NEA blog art works interviews pianist BRAD MEHLDAU.

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UMD SCHOOL OF MUSIC’s rendition of La Bohème earns praise as a story of the human heart.

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washIngton Post critic Anne Midgette looks at innovative composer, singer and songwriter GABRIEL KAHANE.

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Kahane’s gaBrIeL’s guIDe to the 48 states is part song cycle, part oratorio, part seventh-grade social studies lecture.

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e genius of MEREDITH MONK shines in the multi-media theatre work on BehaLF oF nature.

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the Post applauds on BehaLF oF nature calling it, “theater without words, dance with voice.”

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Rising projection design artist JARED MEZZOCCHI discusses the art form with BroaDway worLD.

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Projection designer and UMD faculty member JARED MEZZOCCHI integrates actor and virtual world onstage.

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î “eatre entrepreneurs stage FestIvaL oF new works.

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MFA artists-scholars-teachers showcase self-created works in FestIvaL oF new works.

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TDPS combines 1940s film noir with cellular technology onstage.

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In tIme oF roses brings to life one of Shakespeare’s favorite characters, Margaret of Anjou.

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the ChronICLe oF hIgher eDuCatIon highlights LEIGH WILSON SMILEY’s appointment as director of TDPS.

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MARCHING BAND THE MIGHTY SOUND OF MARYLAND SPRING 2013

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Kate Amara of WBAL-TV speaks with senior drum major Brendan Kelly about this presidential moment.

News source: WBAL-TV

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FOX 45-TV interviews the MIGHTY SOUND OF MARYLAND before their appearance in the 57th Inaugural Parade.

We regret this video is no longer available on this news site.

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Christie Ileto of WJZ-TV explores how the marching band is preparing for their performance.

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Zach Sparks of the BaLtImore sun discusses the band’s history of participating in inaugural performances.

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WTOP-FM’s “Man on the Street,” Bob Madigan, produced four segments on the band’s parade preparations.

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new york tImes highlights the Center’s programming for THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR PROJECT.

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the Post details the purpose and structure of the national project.

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the Boston gLoBe mentions the Center’s partnership.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS reporter Brett Zongker details how the Clarice Smith Center will collaborate with other prestigious theatres and universities.

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the BaLtImore sun focuses on the Center’s collaboration with CENTERSTAGE.

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the harvarD gazette features THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR PROJECT in a university article.

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Tim Smith of THE BALTIMORE SUN includes the Center in his article about regional creative projects that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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î “e Center is featured in a piece about the project in amerICan theater magazIne.

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SUSIE FARR’s impressive career is profiled in InsIDe arts magazIne

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Mike Hydeck of WUSA-9 CBS speaks with members of the Hip Hop Orchestra and the Chinese dance team who performed at the Center for MARYLAND DAY.

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FOR INQUIRIES, CONTACT:

MISSY McTAMNEY mmctam@umd.edu . 301 405 8102

SARAH SNYDER ssnyder3@umd.edu . 301 405 8151

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Spring 2013 Press Coverage: Select Previews and Reviews